Introduction: How to Make a Great Looking Bracelet

As a recent hobby of mine, I have been making many varieties of paracord bracelets. While searching for new knots, I stumbled across a knot called the double-tatted chain or 'seesaw' knot but with no instructions.

Here's how to tie it with a 5 3/8 side release fastex buckle.

Apologies for the sub-par pictures. I had trouble holding the camera steady and the knots tightly.

Step 1: Materials

1) Two 8-10 feet long lengths of paracord or any other type of cordage. Various colours available from http://supplycaptain.com/

These can be two different colours if you like.

2) A side release buckle. 5 free samples are available from the ITW Nexus website or you may purchase them from Supply Captain.

3) A lighter or thread matching the colour of your cordage.

Tools

1) A knife or a pair of scissors

2)A needle

Step 2: Attaching the Buckle

To attach the side-release buckle, you're going to want to find the center point of your cordage and either push the two ends through the female end of the buckle, or put the loop formed by the mid-point through the buckle.

The thing that sets this bracelet apart from the others on Instructables is that you attach the male end after you finish the weave.

Repeat for the other length of paracord.

You should now have four strands of cord to work with.

Step 3: Beginning the Weave

The seesaw knot is essentially a series of half hitches on either side. If you're like me, that didn't make any sense.

You're going to want to take the left two strands, wrap them over the right two strands, and bring them back around under the right two strands, and through the loop formed by doing that.

Tighten, but not too much or the knots will begin to twist.

Do it on the other side.

So, here's what it looks like.

Step 4: Keep Going!

Keep working your way and push the knots up as you go.

Step 5: As You Go...

When you think you've gotten enough to go around your wrist, connect the two sides of the buckles, and wrap the knots around your wrist and place the male end of the buckle to the last knot you did.

If there is too much slack, remove however many knots you need to create a comfortable fit.

If there is not enough slack, keep going!

Step 6: Attaching the Other End of the Buckle

So you've got just the right amount of knots to fit your wrist.

Time to attach the male end of the buckle.

Run all four strands through the first slot in the male end of the buckle.

Then, run it back through the second slot.

If you have large fingers, a pair of needle-nose pliers may help here. I didn't need them.

Step 7: Secure the Buckle

With all four strands fed through the buckle, it's time to attach them.

To secure them, tie two more half hitches.

Tighten and check fit. Now is your last chance to do any minor adjustments on fit.

Step 8: Securing the Ends

To complete the bracelet, cut the four strands with an inch or two remaining and sew or melt the four ends to the underside of the bracelet.

If you would like a cleaner look, you can melt the ends and then sew them as to prevent fraying.

Seriously. Be smart when you're melting the ends. Molten anything is not fun to have on any part of your body. I'm not sure how you could die from this, but if you do, I'm not responsible for it. Use common sense.

Step 9: You're Done!

Clean up any scraps, and enjoy your new paracord bracelet.

Hope you enjoyed my instructable. Please rate!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.

Comments

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lotsaboots (author)2015-04-03

Nice bracelet instructions. A little fuzzy on the ending, burning the end together? Mine left sharp corners. A little help, Please?

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Bobby Sarito (author)lotsaboots2015-11-24

It helps to immediatly push the paracord against itself after burning. That will prevent unraveling and sharp corners if pressed properly. You could use the lighter itself for pressing.

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I meant flattening the ends with pliers, preferably without ridged edges

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PapaSIN13 (author)2015-10-13

Love the look, but the ending is nowhere in site...how do i finish it? Please respond. Thank you for your time.

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pjgardens (author)2014-10-11

I'm new to paracording and I really like this bracelet but I'm not clear on the size of the buckle: 5 3/8. Could you please explain? Thanks.

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poopsockk (author)2014-07-06

Per wrist inch, how much cord would I need? (my wrist is 7 inches, i need 2 ?3.5ft? sets of paracord?)

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ekanowsky (author)2013-08-16

Very cool bracelet. What's this braid called?

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barthie (author)2013-04-02

after you burn the ends how do you secure the paracord to keep it from coming loose?

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rangerweavere (author)2012-12-29

Im going to have to try this. you did a great job on the instructable!

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Sumaech (author)2012-07-27

Cool, thanks Metafire

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razor7177 (author)2011-12-14

you got the right...'bout the molten anything on your body parts...". it hurts...BAD...By the way, nice instructable....

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mbudde (author)2009-07-22

This looks really good. I'll have to make one. But the buckle looks like it would be uncomfortable since it is flat. Would it be better to use one of those curved ones?

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Metafire (author)mbudde2009-07-22

Thanks! The flat buckle is not really a problem as it is so small. In the photos, it might look a tad big but I have extremely small wrists. But if you can find a curved buckle, go ahead and use it. It all depends on your wrist size and personal tastes.

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wizcling68 (author)Metafire2011-07-28

I go through "The Buckle Runner" he has the one cell on each end in both the 3/8th and 5/8th inch buckles, which are the common sizes for braclets. They are curved and side releaseas well. Prices are really good too.

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jamiec53 (author)2011-06-15

That picture is AMAZING! What camera have you got?

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Choppings (author)2010-10-22

I love this braclet, Working on getting some paracord this weekend to try this. Thanks!

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Metafire (author)2010-07-16

When making paracord things, you tend to take longer as you're first learning the weave and dynamics of paracord, but after that, you're only limited by whatever weaves you can find.

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Bradart (author)2010-05-07

Skeletool FTW

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jlyman13 (author)2010-02-18

I prefer the wilson tactical 5/8 contoured buckles for comfort, http://www.wilsontactical.com/detail.aspx?ID=129 they are really sturdy and not to expensive.

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lolnoobistink (author)2010-01-24

What buckle are you using?

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Metafire (author)lolnoobistink2010-01-25

For that particular bracelet, I used a plain old side-release buckle I got from ITW Nexus' website. It isn't my favorite though, in both looks and comfort. The best buckles I've used so far were salvaged from my Dakine backpack, which were 1" Rock Lockster Original buckles. Much nicer look, and they're just the right size.

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instructables4ever (author)2009-07-22

These are really cool but I was wondering where I could buy Paracord, on the internet or off of it?

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mo5 (author)instructables4ever2009-08-27

i don't use paracord, i just use fashion cord fron wallmart.

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For offline sources of paracord, try any army surplus store, sports outfitter store, or an Army Navy type store.

Some online sources are:
http://supplycaptain.com/

http://www.lighthound.com/search.asp?keyword=paracord&search=GO

http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkwZparacordQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZR40QQ_mdoZ

Any of these sources can supply you with military spec paracord.

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lianebrbz9 (author)2009-07-28

Great idea! and easy for me!

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Bernyk (author)2009-07-23

that is awesome, i've always liked these, but havent been that good with knots, but this one looks extremely easy and do-able for me =D thanks man!

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instructables4ever (author)2009-07-23

Thank you very much Metafire.

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